Care and Management of the Renal Patient (Online)

Course codes SNM3254 (degree level 6) and SNM659 (masters level 7)
SNM3254 20 credits at level 6 (degree)
SNM659 15 credits at level 7 (masters)


Who is it for?

This module is aimed at NMC Registered Nurses who have gained some experience in caring for patients with renal disease and wish to consolidate and further enhance their knowledge and skills in this area. It is not a requirement that you work on a renal unit to access this course

Overview of content:

• Anatomy & physiology
• Haemodialysis
• Peritoneal dialysis
• Transplantation
• Conservative management
• Long term complications of CKD
• End of life care
• Acute kidney injury
• Psychological issues
• Chronic kidney disease

What is it about?

Facilitated by clinical experts, the module aims to provide an overview of renal disease, enabling the student to explore and learn about all aspects of renal care that the patient may encounter. The module encourages students to examine their own practice, identify areas for improvement and apply the evidence base to suggest possible changes. It is expected that the student will utilise adult learning principles and identify gaps within their own knowledge and skills, using the resources available to them to formulate a plan and meet their personal learning goals. The module is structured in a way that promotes discussion and collaboration between students, learning from each other’s experiences and viewpoints. It is tailored to meet the needs of clinicians working in practice and stresses the importance of following recommended policies and procedures, Government and Renal Organisations' guidelines, frameworks and best practice in the control, treatment and management of renal disease. As the module is an online course and covers a wide range of renal related subject matter, it requires a strong level of commitment and students are expected to spend 5 – 7 hours per week to meet the requirements of the course and to achieve the greatest benefit.

How does it enhance practice?

Completion of this module will provide students with the specialist skills, knowledge and expertise relevant to the care of a patient with renal dysfunction. This includes a deeper and broader understanding of the complex needs of renal patients within the context of changing healthcare provision and the use of evidence based practice. As part of the online learning, students are expected to complete a series of activities that support further learning in the subject area and encourage reflection on their own practice. For students studying at Degree level only the module also contains a practical element where students identify skills and knowledge they wish to develop that are directly related to their practice area and work towards achieving these as part of the 50 hours negotiated clinical learning. Students will then be expected to complete an online reflective journal where they connect theory to practice and evaluate their learning. Those studying at Masters level are not required to completed 50 hours negotiated clinical learning or a reflective journal.

Mode of Assessment

Assessment is formal and students are required to write a 4000 word (degree level) reflective assignment to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes and considered the implications for their own clinical practice. If studying this module at Masters level, you are required to write a 3000 word reflective assignment.
The assignment topic is of the student’s choosing; ensuring the work produced can be used to support possible future improvements and changes to practice, directly benefiting their practice area.

Links to Professional Academic Award

BMedSci (Hons) Health & Social Care Studies (Renal Nursing) Online
BMed Sci (Hons) Health and social care studies(Ongoing and supportive care)
BMedSci (Hons) Health & Social Care Studies (Primary Care and Public Health)
MMedSci in Advanced Nursing Studies (NURT80)

Course Structure

The course is delivered entirely online. The first week is spent familiarising with the online module content and features regular online live discussions at set times. The dates and times for these will be forwarded prior to commencement of the module.

Upcoming Start Dates:

25 April 2022

Application and Funding

To apply for this course you need to complete an online application form and you can do this by visiting our how to apply page. A fees and funding form will automatically be sent on submission of your application form. Details of funding options can be found on our Funding Page.  Please make sure you select the correct level of study, SNM3254 is degree level and SNM659 is masters level.

If successful in your application for the course you will receive a confirmation email closer to the start date.

Programme Leader/Contact Name

Andrea Fox

Tel: +44 114 222 2079